Better solutions than mandated drug treatment

Uniting Communities has sent a submission to the legislative council outlining our concerns about the SA government’s proposed legislation for mandated treatment for children and young people who are dependent on drugs (click here for our submission). Uniting Communities has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for many years and so we see… 

Opposing Expansion of Cashless Debit Card

Evidence and reports from communities indicate that the implementation of the Cashless Debit Card has not achieved the results which are being claimed by the Federal Government.  Instead of punishing people on income support by placing them on the Card the Government should be directing its attention to increasing public housing stock and ensuring the… 

ACCC delivers path to 20% energy cost reductions

Uniting Communities congratulates the ACCC on delivering a report proposing a practical path to average energy savings of about 20% within 3 years in South Australia and calls on governments, industry and regulators to deliver on the 56 recommendations. The report recognises ‘once and for all’ that energy prices are too high. The ACCC says… 

Family Matters National Week of Action

Today marks the beginning of a national week of action for Family Matters, a campaign to address the growing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in child protection and care. Aboriginal children are currently being removed from their families at almost ten times the rate of non-Aboriginal children across Australia.… 

Federal Budget 2018: Welcome news for those needing home-care support

Following the Coalition Government’s past cuts to the aged-care budget of more than $2bn as a result of adjustments to the residential care funding formula, the announcement of a $1.6 billion aged-care and retirees package is welcome news. “While we welcome these additional packages, this number falls well short of those needed and does little… 

2018 Budget doesn't go far enough for First Nations

The 2018-19 Budget has included announcements that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Whilst some measures are set to deliver an increase to services and are seen as a positive step forward, one would have expected more attention to be paid to addressing the persistent and growing gaps in disadvantage.  Media release ATSI Budget 2018

New approach to resolve SA’s child protection crisis

Major social service organisations have called on the Parliament to show leadership on South Australia’s growing child protection crisis. AnglicareSA and Uniting Communities have today challenged the incoming government to tackle the economic and community costs of our broken child protection system. Child protection advocate Belinda Valentine, grandmother of Chloe Valentine, said that families must…